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With Derek Stepan back in the lineup - the New York Rangers remembered how to put the puck in the net and beat those wannabe foes - the Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1 on the road - to right the ship and get back in the win column.
Marc Staal (who is reportedly on the verge of signing a six year deal to extend his Ranger career) netted the first goal - through traffic in the second period. And less than five minutes mutes later Kreider scored on the breakaway- and that's all we needed.
Derek Stepan assisted on both goals.
And the rest was all Hank. Lundqvist has been on a mission - raising his level of play ever since his notable omission from being named to the all star team. The proud Swede appears to have taken this personally - and this may be exactly what we needed.
In all he stopped 35 of the 36 Columbus shots that came his way- and the Rangers held on for the 2-1 win.
Did special teams determine the outcome of this game? Yes and no. The Rangers were 0-1 on the power play but killed off all 3 of their PK situations - against a good Columbus power play - so I'd say yes - special teams was a big factor here.
Where do we stand? 25-13-4 puts us in the 7th spot - the wild card - tied with the Bruins with 3 games at hand and 5 points above the line-of-death.
And what in the world will happen now? With the NFL sliding their first playoff game to 3pm - the NHL is slotting the Rangers-Penguins game to 12:30 Sunday. Should be a nice nasty afternoon game. Looking forward to it.
Non Sequitur of the day: Go Colts and Packers.
Dave Pucks out. Thanks!
Friday, January 16, 2015
So – without Stepan we lose - and last night it was to the Bruins.
Cam Talbot saved .906 of the shots that came his way – and there were 32. And we got 30 shots of Tuukka Rask (is that really a name?) but it felt like a lot less. Not too much more to say here – don't panic and pray for a speedy recovery. The Rangers are streaky – and there are worse things in this world to be – because if you get streaky good in the playoffs…
Did Special Team Determine The Outcome OF This Game? Not exactly. We were 0-3 on the Powerplay and 3-3 in the PK – so a wash. But if we had netted one of our man advantage situations this might have started to resemble a hockey game.
Where Do We Stand? We're still holding that last playoff spot with 52 points (24-13-4) and we are 3 points above the line-of-death with the Panthers 3 points behind us (with one extra game played).
What In The World Will Happen Next? No rest for the weary as we take out slumping circus to Ohio to take on Dubinsky and the Ranger Wanna-Be's (also known as the Blue Jackets).
Unrelated Thought Of The Day: I'm happy the Giants got Spags back as defensive coordinator. It almost feels like a movie.
Dave Pucks out and thanks for stopping by.